4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Just like Mary and Martha many of us face situations in our lives when we feel Jesus has delayed. The world at large faces such a situation now with believers currently interceding and trusting God to put a miraculous end to this pandemic. Has Jesus delayed in putting an end to the world’s problem? The bible tells us immediately Jesus heard of Lazarus’ sickness, Jesus said “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
Dear friend, God is merciful and will always turn what the devil plans against you for good. Notice that for the sake of increasing the faith of His disciples, Jesus waited for two more days before going to Judea where Lazarus was. The lesson to learn from this is: Understand that God is sovereign and in charge of all things. If it seems Jesus has delayed, trust Him He is working out something great.
God bless you.
By Joshua Sopuru